baby k’tan weekender bag

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Since having Carter we’ve become very picky when it comes to choosing which bags we travel with.  It has to fit all of her things + some of mamas, fit underneath the seat of the airplane, keep her food cold and have a changing pad. 

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We found the Baby K’tan Weekender bag + haven’t looked back since. It met all of our requirements plus some! 

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The weekender bag has so many great amenities for parents of little’s like an easy access wipe dispenser, a padded nylon changing pad, and a full size insulated cooler packet! A big bonus for us is the padded tech pocket which makes it easy for us to travel with our laptops. 

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If you’re a mama that travels a lot like we do, this bag is a dream that you must try! 

 

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a night at the coast

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We don't get over to the Oregon Coast as much as we'd like to because you know, life is busy. Fortunately for us we were all home this weekend + got the opportunity to head over to Pacific City to check out the absolutely gorgeous Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa.

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We arrived at the hotel, checked in + went up to our room to get settled before heading over to Pelican Brewing. The room was a dream. Ariel + I both are pretty obsesed with modern decor and our room was filled with it. Our favorite part of the room was the view - the bathtub was a close second.

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After a drink at Pelican + dinner at the Meridian - which was so delicious - we headed down to the beach for a bonfire + s'mores. I love a good bon fire + I love it even more when I don't have to set it up. The lodges adventure team came down, set up our fire, got it going + gave us our s'mores kit. This was a dream considering at this point in the night Carter just wanted to be snuggled + I wanted to take photos of everything so we had no free hands to set up a fire.

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Unfortunately, right as we got comfortable in front of the fire, it started pouring down rain. Like the kind of rain you see in movies. I grabbed Carter + ran up to our room while poor Ariel grabbed all of our stuff and came up shortly after us. We ended the night with a bath + after Carter went down, Ariel + I sat in bed, drank red wine + ate Tillamook Ice Cream from the pantry.

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The next morning we spent some time drinking coffee in our pajamas on the balcony + really just soaked up the views. Before heading back home we grabbed a bite to eat at the Meridian again - too good to only eat at once - and let Carter crawl around the hallways to burn some energy.

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We had the best time on our little stay cation. The lodge is absolutely incredible + is so relaxing. The staff is hands down some of the best hotel staff that I've ever had. They were so accommodating + they all loved Carter. We didn't get a chance to go to the Spa this time but I know we'll be back soon to check it out.

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hawaii with a little

Ariel + I have gone to Hawaii together for the past four years. It has become one of our favorite places to travel to. We love being able to just wake up and head to the pool or beach and relax. This time definitely looked a little different than the previous times that we have gone since we now have a little one but we still had so much fun.

We were a little worried about bringing carter since she’s nine months old and is such the little mover but honestly she was great the entire time and I think she loved it more than we did!

Where we stayed:
We stayed at Aston at Papkea Resort in Lahaina. It was super convenient with Carter because she had plenty of room to crawl around on the ground and we didn’t have to worry about her getting hurt. The other thing that we loved about the condo was that we could cook meals – it’s not always easy going out with littles!

Beaches we loved:
Honokowai – My absolute favorite beach for anyone traveling with little ones. The beach has a coral/rock wall that protects babes from the surf making it easy for them to sit in the water and play without mama having to worry. The other bonus about the beach was that there are place to eat right across the street which made our beach days easy.

Spreckelsville Beach – This beach is a little bit of a drive from where we stayed on the west side of the island but it was absolutely beautiful and had so much sand for the littles to run around on. We also saw turtles here which was really neat!

Black Rock Beach – If you’re looking for a beach that had shade this one is great! We were able to setup carters little tent underneath a tree so that she could take a nap in there and not get over heated. Also there are lot of places to get lunch just walking distance from the beach.

What we brought:
Tent – This little tent is super easy to fold up + pack to bring with anywhere. We used it next to the pool + at the beach. Carter took most of her afternoon naps in it + played in it when she was awake. It has a cool pocket on the side of it which we stored our phones and keys in which was great.

Pool Floaty – We ended buying one at target and it worked great. Carter could lounge + we didn’t have to worry about her getting burnt since it had a shade. 

Sunscreen – This an obvious but we brought a ton and a few different kinds. We tried a lotion and honestly getting lotion on a baby every few hours wasn’t easy. We ended up using the spray and it was great.

Clip on chair - We bring this chair with us almost every time we travel. It clips on to tables and counters easily. We didn't need to bring it to restaurants because Maui has the best highchairs but we did use it in the condo.

Swim Diapers - Love the reusable ones! These are our favorite. Word of advice - size up!

We’re by no means experts at traveling to Hawaii with little ones but wanted to share what we did that worked for us. If you have any questions we’d love for you to reach out + ask! We’re happy to answer them. Aloha!

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